Full Time Manual Focus WORKS - just differently
Full time manual focus works and works GREAT. You just need to understand it uses the STM motor to focus NOT a set of focus gears.
Prove it for yourself. Put the 70d into Live View shooting mode, cause the camera to focus, use the +/- key on the top back of the camera to enlarge the image and THEN use the manual focus ring -- WORKS GREAT; very very vernier focusing is possible with this lens!
I have had my 70d and 18-135STM for about a month now and I would NOT part with it. LOVE IT
I started with a T2i, upgraded to a T3i then finally a T4i. After holding a 70d and reading the reviews I sold my other four camera (sold my SX40 HS too) and bought the 70d. Have NOT looked back with any hesitation since it arrive in the brown truck. Yes, I paid extra to have it in 2 days cause I no longer could wait, patiently.
If you're in the market; buy it now - make yourself a happy Canon owner! You will not be disappointed!
May 4, 2014
I upgraded from the T3i to the 70D and got this lens in the kit. I had the 18-135 IS on the T3i, and enjoyed that lens as it turned out to be my daily walk around lens. Same thing here with a few bonuses! With the focusing system of the 70D, it's much quicker and slient. That makes a huge difference when shooting video! It's light weight, easy to carry and quick! Images are sharp, vibrant and colorful. Now I'm not a pro by any strecth of the imagination, and I don't look for the extreme details of a picture. But if you'd like a good, quiet, solid walk around lens that has a wide angle, some zoom, and takes great pictures .. this one is sure worth taking a look at!
April 3, 2014
Best daily use lens for 60D
This lens offers an equivalent 28-200 zoom range on a 60D with low distortion levels and very quick, silent focusing. It lacks sufficient magnification for bird photos, excellent for any other use. Although the manual focusing ring is computer driven, you hardly ever need to use it as autofocus is excellent
April 16, 2013
Great Lens Silent Operation
Finaly I can record Video with out the noise of the lens that came with the T4I I purchaced, that lens was a Joke!!!! I would have purchaced the body only if I knew Canon was going to put a cheap plastic lens on a higher end camera! as far as the reviewer that said the manual focus ring is fake it's not fake the camera needs to be on and the lens switch set to MF for it to work it is not a mecanical focus ring it causes the focus motor to move like a volume knob. this lens is worth way more than I paid for it!!!!!! as for the plastic len's I don't know if I am going to sell it, trash it or make art out of it? maybe use it for target practice? if your buy a T4I get the body only and buy this lens or any othe STM lens you wont be sorry.
March 2, 2013